Monday, December 22, 2008

A History of Blogging in Ancient Greece

Okay, I'll come clean: I haven't actually written this post yet. But soon I will have, and then I'll redirect the link and nobody will be the wiser.

But, since you've come this far... Soldier of the Mist is a novel by Gene Wolfe set in ancient Greece whose protagonist, a soldier by the name of Latro, lost his short-term memory after a blow to the head suffered in battle. To overcome this handicap, Latro writes each day on a scroll, and each day goes back to reread the account of the day before, hoping to make sense of who he is and what he's supposed to do. But naturally the single-page text without index or glosses is always too long for him to hold in mind except in fragments.

Gene Wolfe. Soldier of the Mist. London: Futura Publications, 1987.

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